We want to end youth homelessness and we’re tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people in Norfolk and Suffolk every night. We give them a stable home and the skills they need so they can leave us and forge an independent life.
Like most charities, the effect of COVID-19 has been hard-hitting. For us, the virus and current social distancing restrictions has forced the closure of our Norfolk Furniture Stores and Suffolk Re-use Shops, resulting in an immediate loss of money for our charity. Yet our work to prevent local youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk does not stop.
Right Tracks is our accommodation centre in King’s Lynn for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25. Like everyone, the young people we support are having to adjust to life and restrictions under COVID-19 and it can be a challenge.
Thanks to donations from local people and Land Aid, we have been able to create a fund to help the young people we support through this difficult time.
Lucas* has been living at Right Tracks for ten months. A talented musician, he is studying music performance and production and hopes to have a career in the music industry one day. Lucas explains how the new fund has helped him:
“I’ve been interested in music for the last 4-5 years. I produce music and I play the guitar, bass guitar, drums and I’m learning the piano too. I would also like to more instruments.
I’ve actually been ok about lockdown as it’s meant I’ve had much more time to study and do college work, which is a good thing, but it has meant that equipment that I store my music and college work on has filled up very quickly. I’ve also been sitting on an uncomfortable chair, which is hurting my back.
I applied to the fund to buy a new hard drive to increase the storage so I can do more college work and also buy a new chair so I could be more comfortable. I’m just really grateful that people have been able to help me in this way. I actually feel quite bad as I can’t give anything back right now – but the fund has been so helpful.”
Lucas is now looking forward to starting a degree in music later this year and a forging a future career in the music industry.
Thank you to everybody who has donated to The Benjamin Foundation to help the lives of the young people we support. If you would like to contribute to our COVID-19 emergency fund to help more young people like Lucas, please visit: https://bit.ly/TBF1Covid19
Thank you for your support.
*Name has been changed.
The only way I can describe is - I feel like I've been set free.